For the second straight day and the third time in one week, IRS officials will testify Wednesday in front of Congress about the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups. Highlighting today's House Oversight Committee hearing is IRS official Lois Lerner's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment and not answer questions. Lerner is still under subpoena to testify, meaning she will have to invoke her rights in person -- and likely repeatedly. Read full article >>
The controversy surrounding the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration's report on the Internal Revenue Service has highlighted how little most people know about the standard protocol for dealing with these investigations once they're underway. David Sampson was in charge of handling IG reports as deputy secretary of the Commerce Department between 2005 and 2007; he is now president and CEO of Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, and agreed to share a few key insights with us about the delicate task of coping with independent oversight of an agency's operations. It turns out it's not always what you might think. Read full article >>
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel's latest installment of "Lie Witness News" focuses on the Los Angeles mayor's race. Read full article >>
Gay rights advocates are reacting angrily to a decision by Senate Democrats on Tuesday to drop protections for same-sex couples from a landmark immigration reform bill in order to preserve Republican support for the legislation. Read full article >>
City Councilman Eric Garcetti has won the Los Angeles mayor's race, becoming the first Jewish elected mayor in the city's history. Thank you Los Angeles--the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let's make this a great city again. — Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) May 22, 2013 Read full article >>
It’s hard sometimes to keep track of all your planes. The Army, it seems, “lost” one for a while. Well, not actually lost, according to a May 9 Department of Defense inspector general’s report, since it seems to have been used by Army brass (also known as “high priority passengers”) who needed a ride “to give speeches, or attend conferences, meetings” and such. Read full article >>
It's official: Anthony Weiner will attempt a political comeback of huge proportions and run for mayor of New York City this year. Just two years after resigning his congressional seat after posting lewd pictures of himself to Twitter and then lying about it, Weiner launched his campaign with a Web video posted late Tuesday. Read full article >>
A House Democrat this week released a report that could help resurrect bipartisan legislation he sponsored three years ago to protect the nation's power grid from cyber attacks and other threats. The analysis, spearheaded by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and released Tuesday, says a lack of compliance with voluntary security standards has made the electric grid "highly vulnerable to attacks from Iran and North Korea" and additional dangers such as geomagnetic storms from solar activity. Read full article >>
Last year's deadly attack on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya is shaping up as a real political problem for President Obama, with concern extending well beyond the conservative base. More than half of Americans say his administration is trying to cover up the facts of the attack, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read full article >>
Chelsea Clinton has a new job — make that another new job. At the tender age of 33, the former first daughter has racked up an extensive resume: Management consultant, hedge-funder, broadcast journalist, education activist, doctoral student — now co-founder of a multicultural center at NYU, where she worked as an assistant vice provost. Read full article >>
With low voter turnout, City Councilman Eric Garcetti beat City Controller Wendy Greuel, and takes over a city facing myriad problems.
Political news from today’s Times and around the Web, plus a look at the latest happenings in Washington.
Leaders of the Tea Party movement hope outrage over the I.R.S. inquiry will rekindle grass-roots activism that in many places went dormant after Republican electoral defeats in 2012.
In an address on Thursday, President Obama will attempt to lay out his justification for drone strikes, which have been in decline since 2010, and what they have achieved.
As President Obama prepares to meet with President Xi Jinping of China, a commission is recommending steps that could raise the cost of the theft of American industrial secrets.
A year ago, when the current Internal Revenue Service scandal that has swirled around President Obama first emerged, Washington — and, apparently, the White House — shrugged.
WASHINGTON – A sweeping bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system headed to the Senate floor after a key committee approved it Tuesday, but not before tilting the bill to the political right with amendments designed to attract more Republican support.
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will delay votes on several of President Obama’s nominees for key posts until July, a decision raising the prospect that he’ll seek further changes to Senate rules that would allow executive appointments to be confirmed by a simple majority.
WASHINGTON – Global warming and clean energy should be priorities for Congress and the president, a majority of Americans said in a recent survey.
WASHINGTON — A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama met Tuesday with young immigrants and others who expressed their fear that family members will be deported and their hope that Congress will pass new immigration laws to keep families intact.
WASHINGTON – The outgoing head of the IRS said the agency still doesn’t know which staff members were responsible for using politically loaded language to screen out nonprofit groups, as senators pressed them to explain how certain conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status received extra scrutiny.
Former first daughter helps lead a university program that reaches across religious lines.
Democrat highlights the challenges of eating healthy on a budget of $1.60 per meal.
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association lobbies for Wall Street firms.
Kentucky senator makes third stop in tour of states key to presidential contenders.
It's family time for Gov. Haley, whose husband is on leave from his Afghanistan duty.
Ex-congresswoman was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico from 1993-94.
Lang's law firm ties to Calumet City prompt him to step aside — The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday put a finer point on a notion he's been pushing this spring: no gambling expansion will happen without comprehensive changes to fix a greatly underfunded government worker pension system.
SPRINGFIELD --- The Senate today approved legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn.
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate.
City also plans other development near McCormick Place, a redesign for Navy Pier and a reconfiguration for congested section of lakefront bike trailMayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to unveil Thursday a $173 million plan to build a 10,000-seat arena for the DePaul Blue Demons next to McCormick Place, couching it as part of a broader blueprint for boosting tourism, much of it to be publicly funded.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to start reducing health insurance coverage next year for more than 30,000 retired city workers and begin shifting them to President Barack Obama's new federal system.
A key figure in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups will plead the Fifth Amendment on Wednesday when she appears before a key congressional committee, an aide said. Lois Lerner leads the IRS unit that singled out conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sparred with senior senators at a subcommittee hearing Tuesday, refusing to concede his firm had used gimmicks to deny U.S. citizens tax revenue by parking profits overseas.
President Obama said federal help was already on the ground in storm-savaged Oklahoma and the rest of the country stood ready to aid in any way — and for as long as necessary. “For all those who have been affected, we recognize you face a long road ahead,” Obama said Tuesday from the White House, flanked by Vice President Biden and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano.
Nearly two years after Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress because of a sexting scandal, he announced around midnight Wednesday that he is running for mayor.
Frown: You've been bus-ted by candid camera.
ALBANY — The woman who once slammed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for ignoring her rape claim says she can’t believe the speaker has mishandled another sexually charged complaint.
Texas lawmakers play key roles in immigration debateHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 2:41 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2013 WASHINGTON - As the Senate moves toward passage of comprehensive immigration reform, Texas' two senators have been bit players in the legislative theatrics, adding a handful of minor amendments to a plan that was crafted by others.[...] Texans are likely to take center stage when the immigration drama reaches its denouement in the House of Representatives - on both sides of the leading wedge issue of modern American politics.For Republicans, that influence comes with significant political risk in Texas, where t…
House OKs amended charter school planHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 10:38 pm, Thursday, May 16, 2013 The Texas House approved on Thursday an amended version of a bill to introduce sweeping changes to the state's charter school system.
Texas school board candidate wins election 1-0Express-NewsCopyright 2013 Express-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:54 am, Thursday, May 16, 2013 The identity of "The Voter," as people here call the person who cast the lone legitimate ballot, will remain confidential, for now.
House bill grants businesses $667M in tax reliefHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:35 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 The preliminary approval comes despite concerns from some lawmakers over its potential effect on funding for other programs, including education.
Man recalls his struggle with voter discrimination in TexasSan Antonio Express-NewsCopyright 2013 San Antonio Express-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 2:52 am, Sunday, May 5, 2013 Nearly four decades ago, Pearsall watermelon farmer Modesto Rodriguez testified before Congress that discrimination against Latino voters was rampant in Texas. His activism nearly cost him his life.
Texas House GOP determined to make guns in classrooms legalHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:12 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013 The Texas House is set to meet Saturday with a calendar full of gun bills and poised to drive a partisan wedge through the lower chamber.
Civilian workers would contribute to pensions for first time in decadesWith the city retirement system short hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, officials say they are likely to begin requiring municipal employees to contribute to their pensions.
Senate considers whether to extend sweet dealSome of Baltimore's best-known candy makers are pressing Congress to overturn a decades-old sugar policy they say is leaving a bad taste in their mouth.
Gov. Martin O'Malley swore in Joseph P. Gill as Secretary of Natural Resources Tuesday, replacing John R. Griffin at the top of the 1,200-employee agency.
Announcement says agency works with host countries to ensure safe placementsThe U.S. Peace Corps will begin accepting applications from same-sex couples who wish to serve overseas together for the first time next month, the agency announced Tuesday.
Attorney General Gansler weighs Supreme Court appealMaryland's counties and Baltimore face a collective loss of more than $40 million a year and some taxpayers could get refunds if a decision by the state's highest court isn't reversed on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gun manufacturer praises Del. Vallario Despite Beretta's threats that the company would leave Maryland if new gun laws were passed and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Beretta USA has no current plans to abandon its headquarters in Prince George's County.
City Councilman Eric Garcetti defeated Controller Wendy Greuel to become next mayor of Los Angeles after a campaign in which he depicted his rival a pawn of powerful labor bosses.
A string of unrelated events is highlighting divisions among Republicans just when they'd like to show a united front and take full advantage of President Barack Obama's latest political problems.
Determined to check the growing epidemic of sexual assaults in the armed forces, a House panel is poised to approve a series of revisions to longstanding military law. They include stripping commanding officers of their unilateral authority to change or dismiss a court-martial conviction and requiring that service members found guilty of sexual offenses be dismissed or dishonorably discharged.
Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on.
A Winter Park woman was among several advocates for immigration reform who met Tuesday with President Barack Obama at the White House.
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott has signed an elections bill that attempts to reverse some of the restrictions the Republican-controlled Legislature put in place in 2011, including allowing more early-voting.
TALLAHASSEE --Gov. Rick Scott took a knife to lawmakers' $74 billion-plus budget this week, blocking some $368 million in hometown projects.
WASHINGTON -- By a vote of 90-0, the U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Sheri Polster Chappell to serve as a new judge for the Middle District of Florida, which includes Orlando.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's legislative budget-writers went bombastic this week when a business-backed group suggested that with the help of surplus taxpayer cash they had spread more pork throughout the $74.5 billion state budget.
Since announcing several weeks ago that he is considering running for governor, Abel Maldonado has raised a tiny sum of money, established a Facebook page and started mocking incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown online.State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, left, shares a light moment with Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, before his confirmation hearing at the Capitol Monday. The California Senate voted 25-7 to approve Maldonado as California's lieutenant governor . The 42-year-old Maldonado, who was nominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to be sworn in this week to replace Democrat John Garamendi.April 26, 2010State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, answers media questions after his successful confirmation as California's lieutenant governor at the Capitol Monday. Th…
Sen. Rand Paul brought his national ambitions to Iowa on Friday, ripping potential Democratic rival Hillary Clinton while urging his own Republican Party to broaden its appeal as he campaigned like it was already 2016.Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention
For much of Woodland's history, there have been two constants: Its City Council members have always been elected citywide, and they have nearly always been white.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. on Friday called for the White House to conduct a "transparent, government-wide review" after the IRS admitted that they scrutinized conservative groups during the 2012 election.A tea party supporter sits on the Capitol steps during a Sacramento rally last year, holding a signthat compares President Obama to Cubas Fidel Castro.
The law also expands the kinds of places that can be polls, and sets a 75-word limit on summaries of constitutional amendments.
A bill that would require food made with genetically modified organisms to carry labels cleared the state Senate late Tuesday night.
The staffs of the state's top prosecutor and the governor's office have been working in secret with General Assembly leaders on legislation to withhold records related to the police investigation into the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre — including victims' photos, tapes of 911 calls, and possibly more.
Former Congressional Candidate Gives Most Detailed Comments Since Scandal Broke Nearly A Year AgoIn his most detailed comments since the scandal broke last year, former House Speaker Christopher Donovan said Tuesday that he never fell for a campaign finance scheme by an FBI informant and that his vote in the legislature was never for sale.
Reform-Minded Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas Accused Of 'Flagrant Disregard' For State LawThe city of Bridgeport's reform-minded superintendent of schools has come under fire from the state's largest teacher union, which filed a complaint Monday that the district is illegally excluding teacher, parents and community leaders from decision-making.
Robert Braddock Jr., the campaign finance director for former House Speaker Christopher Donovan, was convicted Tuesday of scheming to hide the sources of contributions to Donovan's failed campaign for Congress.
A commission created by the House Speaker is calling for elimination of the state law requiring public notices to be printed in daily newspapers.
Republican divisions may hinder party's momentumAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:31 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Paul, a tea party favorite and son of a libertarian hero, had feuded earlier with McCain — the party's 2008 presidential nominee — over the use of unmanned aircraft to kill suspected terrorists.[...] mainstream and tea party Republicans joined forces in 2010 — the last midterm election — to lift the party to huge congressional and gubernatorial victories.[...] the rise of nonestablishment Republicans, such as Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, underlines the party's continued struggle to resolve basic p…
House panel seeks to curb military sexual assaultsAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 2:29 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 The House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the changes, which are supported by Republicans and Democrats and reflect congressional outrage over the poor results that military leaders have achieved in their drive to change the culture within the ranks to combat sexual assault.Congress has repeatedly challenged the military to take more aggressive steps to curb sexual assault, but the Pentagon's latest estimates on the occurrence of sexual assaults have helped convince lawmak…
Star witness to stay mum for House hearing on IRSAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 2:30 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Lerner triggered the recent IRS uproar at a legal conference nearly two weeks ago, when she revealed that the agency had subjected tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny during parts of the 2010 and 2012 election seasons.Staff of the Oversight Committee questioned Lerner and othe…
Immigration bill heads to full SenateAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:34 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — A far-reaching bill to remake the nation's immigration system is headed to the full Senate, where tough battles are brewing on gay marriage, border security and other contentious issues, with the outcome impossible to predict.Many involved still vividly recall the last time the Senate took up a major immigration bill, in 2007, beginning with high hopes only to see their efforts collapse on the Senate floor amid a public backlash and interest group defections.In a statement, Obama applauded the committee's action…
Gov't dysfunction may be baked into the systemAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:26 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 [...] many GOP delaying tactics now decried by Democrats were used by the Democrats themselves just a few years ago when Republicans were in charge.Adding to the present obstacle course on Capitol Hill is a sudden rash of investigations into Obama administration steps and missteps.Congress is taking off its legislative hat for now and donning detective garb as it rushes to probe three simmering controversies: the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status; allegations of a cov…
Will Senate bid lure Rogers from his House seat?Associated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:38 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Mike Rogers has pulled off a rare feat in a bitterly divided Congress — a working, productive relationship with Democrats in overseeing the nation's 16 spy agencies.The question now is whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee sticks around the House or fulfills GOP hopes and launches a bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Michigan.What they got was a better understanding of the unfulfilled promises of the Arab Spring — from Egypt, where the West wonders about economic…
Senate panel approves immigration billAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:07 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-reaching legislation that grants a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over the rights of gay spouses.The 13-5 vote cleared the way for an epic showdown on the Senate floor on legislation that is one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities — yet also gives the Republican Party a chance to recast itself as more appeali…
House GOP panel moves on deep budget cutsAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 6:45 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with slashing cuts to domestic programs far deeper than the cuts departments like Education, Interior and State are facing under an already painful round of automatic austerity.Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Pentagon would be spared under the plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote, but legislation responsible for federal firefighting efforts and Indian health care would absorb a cut of 18 percent below legislat…
Obama voices support for Senate immigration billWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a far-reaching immigration overhaul approved by a Senate panel is largely consistent with his own principles.The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill in a 13-5 vote after the panel's chairman agreed not to force a vote on his proposal to allow gay Americans to seek green cards for their spouses.
Senate Judiciary Committee approves landmark immigration bill offering citizenship to millionsWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee approves landmark immigration bill offering citizenship to millions.